This course is for teachers of English working with very young learners, children from 3 to 6 years old. In most cases they will be in pre-primary education.
Throughout the course, you will reflect on how language-related activities develop the whole child, socially, emotionally, cognitively, physically and in terms of communication and creative development.
Is this course for you?
Experience: Teachers or assistants in a pre-primary setting (up to 6 years of age)
Language Level: B1 or higher
17 January - 23 March 2022
11 April - 15 June 2022
19 September - 23 November 2022
Option for Trinity CertTP
Course Length: 8 weeks
Course fee £495
Trinity CertPT qualification (optional): £250/€300
Minimum age: 18
Max class size: 16
Tutor-led and highly interactive
Live and asynchronous eLearning platforms
Specialist ELT eLibrary
Accredited by AQUEDUTO
Extending critical understanding of how small children learn
Developing the whole child through English
Managing small children
Planning sequenced, well-balanced lessons
Integrating music, song, rhyme and rhythm into the pre-primary classroom
The role stories play in language learning
Mathematical concepts as an integral part of an activity
Different approaches to record keeping and understanding progression
How to create a unit of work for a pre-primary English class
The course will cover the principles of early childhood language education and child development theories and good practice in pre-primary, or kindergarten, contexts, and will explore the areas of using music, song, rhyme and rhythm, stories, and mathematical concepts through English.
NILE Online courses are highly interactive and learning takes place through varied and engaging multimedia content and the collaboration between participants from different contexts. All participants work on the same unit in the same week but there is a high level of flexibility within that time period to help you fit studying around your life and work. The interaction via forums and the other powerful digital tools built into the platform help and encourage you to share ideas, ask questions, explore concepts and build up a community.
You need a computer, a headset (with microphone) and an Internet connection. Much of the course can be done on a mobile device, but a computer is needed for certain activities and tasks.
All participants have access to NILE’s extensive ELT e-library and an innovative social and cultural programme.
Sandie and has been teacher educator, author and consultant specialising in early years language education since 2000. Her main focus is pre-primary (ages 3 - 6 years) and primary (6 to 10 years) learners. Sandie has an MA in TESOL and a PhD in didactics and teacher education. Both her MA dissertation and PhD thesis involved research in pre-primary contexts. Her research interests include the intercultural domain in language education, play and language learning, approaches to assessment, teacher education for multilingual spaces and reflective practices.
Sandie’s other passion is picturebooks, a form of children’s literature, which uses both picture and word to create meaning.